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23Jul/14Off

Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

jink app Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?”
The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up against some formidable competition, including Glympse (which recently disclosed new funding of $12 million, bringing its total to $20 million)… Read More

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23Jul/14Off

Matter Lets You Add And Edit 3D Objects In Your Photographs

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.05.31 PM Pixite, a company that creates high-quality photo editing apps on iOS, is increasing its creative suite today with the launch of Matter, an app that allows users to add 3D effects with shadows and reflections into their existing photographs. Read More

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Microsoft Says It Isn’t Abandoning Xbox Music, Promises It Will Suck Less Shortly

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 5.03.21 PM During Microsoft’s earnings call yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that his company would “streamline” its work in music and video. That was interpreted in some cases to imply that Microsoft was walking away from Xbox Music, its beleaguered Spotify competitor. Read More

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23Jul/14Off

Life On Kim Kardashian’s D-List

screen Is there anything Kim Kardashian can’t sell? The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game is now #1 in the App Store with a 5-star rating and more than 140,000 reviews. It’s slated to gross an estimated $200 million in annual revenue and the stock price for the company that created it, Glu Mobile, has nearly doubled in the last month!

I’d been hearing about this game for a couple weeks. Read More

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23Jul/14Off

Microsoft Parodies “I’m Sexy And I Know It” And It’s The Worst

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.01.11 PM // Update: it appears that the video has been marked private. I swear it worked a few minutes ago. // Second update: Mirror of sorts.  // Third update: That’s now down as well. Ironic, as the @MSOneNote Twitter account tweeted out the clip. The OneNote team has been active lately, making their product free across all platforms, and hosting a successful Reddit AMA session that included… Read More

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23Jul/14Off

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

8475764430_fe071367ba_z Do we have the Internet we deserve? There’s an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users’ general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, paying. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital business models rely on gathering and selling intel on their users to make the money to pay (the investors who paid) for the free service. Read More

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23Jul/14Off

Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

9711057483_156f411677_o Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male. (Source: Twitter)… Read More

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23Jul/14Off

Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers

facebook-earnings Facebook’s stock infamously took a nosedive in the months following its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. On the back of a strong Q2 report, Facebook stock is at an all-time high in after-hours trading. It’s been creeping up for the last… Read More

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Facebook Says Messenger And Payments Will Eventually “Overlap” But Don’t Hold Your Breath

Facebook Messenger Payments Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it’s going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q2 earnings call that “over time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed that “The payments piece will be a part of what drives the overall success” of Messenger and… Read More

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23Jul/14Off

Hands On With The Production Version Of The Myo Gesture Control Armband

myo Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle movements, arm rotations and even electrical impulses as you gesture, translating all that… Read More

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